stockfinster is from MalmÃ¶, Sweden and consists mainly of batti who writes, plays, arranges and mixes everything Â sometimes with a little help from his musical friends. stockfinster was once a band Â with real instruments and vocals Â but after a long period of playing in a stuffy rehearsal-room, the tension became too strong and the band split. Everybody went on to pursue their musical aspirations, and batti kept the name of stockfinster for his own electronical soundscapes. batti himself is a sound-engineer/producer and co-owner of the recording studio Gula Studion in MalmÃ¶. Every now and then the two worlds merge and a lot of his songs have shifted many times between the analogue platform of Gula Studion and the experimental software in battiÂs home.
Even though stockfinster has been around for quite some time, and has been rather productive, nothing has ever been released or even submitted to any labels. We were happy enough to be the first who heard stockfinsterÂs music.
This is what stockfinster himself tells about All Becomes Music:
ÂFor many years my music was my own personal business - something which I
shared only with my closest friends. I liked it this way, because it was a
safe and easy way of making sure that my music was heard only by people that
I knew shared my taste. Although people who heard it seemed to like it a
lot, I didn't listen to them. I was too busy doubting my abilities and my
One day a friend was raving about a Russian act called Novel 23. In my
search across the internet I found Sutemos. At first I wasn't to intrigued
by the site, suspicious that everything on it was free. However, I
downloaded a couple of tracks and liked it, so before long I had downloaded
everything on the site. To my surprise it was high quality stuff. I was
amazed. Most acts were unknown and unestablished, much like myself. In a
sudden rush of confidence I sent an e-mail to the guys running the site,
asking if they were interested in hearing my tracks. They were kind enough
to include two of my tracks on the Red, Green, Blue And Other Summer
Now the time has come to release a full album (or whatever you'd like to
call it) on Sutemos. Ten stockfinster-tracks that cover the last couple of
years. I feel a bit strange about it all, because I am not used to having my
music accessible to the general public. Each track is very much a labour of
love, with many hours of nitpicking behind them. I hope whoever downloads
them listens to them carefully at least once - preferably on headphones. A
lot of the tracks include samples of voices that I have gathered from TV and
movies. I often receive critique that there are too many of them, and that
the songs would be better off without them. Although I donÂt agree, I have
tried to steer away from resorting to voice-samples in my more recent songs.
The samples on these tracks are all an integral part of the songs, and
should be viewed as the equivalent to normal vocals. I hope they are
intelligible. Lastly, I have to send out some love to Helena (for all the wonderful
voices), Ola (for all the help with mastering), Jonas (for all the basses
and vocals), Markus (for the piano on dismantled and last but not least, the
fold (for writing the melody for duel).Â
This is possibly the most sincere release on Sutemos which every note, every moment is pulsating with the human touch, with love and simplicity. We hope that All Becomes Music will be your faithful friend during calm and cozy autumn evenings.
1 - All Becomes Music
2 - Ergo
3 - Dismantled
4 - Duel
5 - Clark Kent
6 - A Crack In Time
7 - Last Report
8 - Bystander
9 - Verge
10 - In Transit
All Becomes Music was originally intended as an ambient track with no drums at all. It was because of the wonderful vocal melody supplied by good friend Helena Josefsson that the song took off in another direction. Wonderful feelings above the heart.
A Crack In Time is featuring the vocal and bass guitar of stockfinsterÂs former bassplayer Jonas Hult.
January 21, 2009 Subject:
still one of my favorites!
June 16, 2008 Subject:
One of the best netlabel releases ever
Mixing elements of electronic and ambient music with more conventional instrumentation and vocals, Stockfinster offers up a lovely, melodic album of what could probably be accurately called post-rock music. One of the things that really distinguishes this album for me is the excellent use of sampled dialogue. Whereas the use of sampled dialogue can often feel stale, too clever, or simply banal and overdone, tracks like "Dismantled" and "Duel" use long passages of movie dialogue in conjunction with the music to create a strong emotional impact on the listener. Other tracks, like the closer, "In Transit," use a single line of well timed dialogue to powerful, almost heartbreaking, emotional effect. "A Crack in Time" is another melodic track that features an excellent chorus with actual vocals, though for this listener it is somewhat marred by the long sample of some New Age guru expounding his views. A couple of other tracks also have vocals, the best of which is "Verge," which is very reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins, though with a more electronic edge to it. Beautiful and moving music. (P.S. - There is an excellent alternate version of the title track to this album available from the Sutemos compilation album "Red, Green, Blue and Other Summer Feelings," which features some great music largely in the shoegaze/post-rock vein from a number of excellent artists. I actually prefer it to the one on the album.)
March 5, 2008 Subject:
Review of "Dismantled"
"A simple piano harmony that reminds me of In the Nursery, mixed in with loon calls, slow beats, and W.H. Auden’s “Stop the Clocks”. Fantastic!"
February 15, 2007 Subject:
still listening to this album
and still loving it
thanks for the REAL music!
November 22, 2006 Subject:
better than life
there so much going for stockfinster. compositionally it offers popular themes and rythms, nothing to frighten you away. but in addition to that there's some great little bits of experimentation slipped in to make the works so much more interesting. highly reccomended. check out the groups web site for more.
June 1, 2006 Subject:
Very very tasteful vocals especially on #3.
Thanks for the great release. One of the best I've heard.
from :: car crash, to :: sunset
without forgetting :: red wood,
and this :: all becomes music compilation,
check all Stockfinster stuff and really enjoy !
how lucky you are to discover the amazing Batti
me, i am just waiting impatiently, waiting for a new "... start and all becomes music"